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Recently, I had the pleasure of doing karaoke with Johnny Cueto.  He decided to go with Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.  Here’s what he sang, “I took my ERA and I took it down….  I climbed a mountain and I turned around…  And I saw my xFIP in the snow covered hills… Well, I’ve been afraid of changing… ‘Cause I’ve kicked the life out of Jason LaRue… Awh, take this ERA, and TAKE IT DOWN!…”  Then I joined him on stage for Islands in the Stream.  Cueto was pitch perfect with Stevie Nicks even if he did skip lines here and there to keep it related to fantasy baseball.  Right now, his ERA is 1.63.  Oh, c’mon.  Seriously, come on.  Come on, come on, come on Chameleon!  His xFIP is 3.52.  His K-rate is 6.23 which isn’t good and below previous season marks.  He’s leaving 83% men on and has a .216 BABIP.  There’s not one category he’s excelling in right now except ERA.  The mouth on the left side says, “S.” The mouth on the right side says, “ell.”  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Jonathan Broxton – ‘So much junk, so much junk inside that trunk’ could be lyrics about the Dodgers bullpen or specifically about Broxton.

Mark Melancon – He doesn’t make the cut off of 50% owned in ESPN for this post, but that’s my own self-imposed rule, so screw you, homes!  Kidding.  (Or am I?!)  I’m listing Melancon because his ownership is actually going down.  Um, he’s the closer, what gives?

Chris Carter – I just went over my Chris Carter fantasy.  I wrote it while waiting for a studio light to fall on Carson Daly’s head.

Ty Wigginton – I just got a Lane Bryant spring collection catalog in the mail so that could only mean one thing… I accidentally got my neighbor’s mail.  Oh, and Ty Wigginton’s hitting.

Jeff Baker – While the Purple Evolutionist is off mending and writing in his journal about the dodo bird, Baker is seeing starts in his stead.  “Yo, get out of my stead!”  That was a farmer in the 1860’s.

Jemile Weeks – Just went over him this morning, shut all your porn windows and pay attention to Razzball!

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – This will be the last mention of Nishioka in a Buy column.  Won’t mean I like him more or less, but shizz is getting repetitive.

Chris Getz – Has stolen a decent amount of bases this season (12 — well, I did modify with ‘decent’), but he’s strictly a poor man’s everyman.

David Freese – Over the course of a full season, he’s capable of 20 homers and a solid average.  He won’t be playing a whole season. Don’t quibble, Random Italicized Voice.  But I’m hungry. That’s not what quibble means.  Riiiight. I’d grab Freese and expect some power and a good average.

Dayan Viciedo – I think we’re finally affecting change.  Last week I told you to pick up Viciedo and this week he’s gone up 0.1% in ownership at ESPN.  Woo-hoo!  Razzball, we’re the tenth-percenters!

Roger Bernadina – I told you to grab him about a month ago.  In that time, he’s been better than Victorino, Ethier, Beltran, Bautista (eat it!), Bossman Upton, Abreu, Ichiro, etc. etc. etc.  How is he owned in only 24% of ESPN leagues?  Oh, as we just learned, he’d only be owned in 23.9% of ESPN leagues without us.  Yay me!

Jason Bay – Haven’t been a big fan of his for years and I’m not suddenly flipping sides like Anakin.  I told you to grab him the other day after his 3-for-3, home run game.  Then he went back to old Bay without the delicious fish, meat or chicken seasoning.  If he’s available, I’d take a flyer that he might get hot.

Wily Mo Pena – Probably only a very short term add for power.  On the bright side, his strikeouts generate electricity.

Jonny Gomes – It’s Jonny cat!  Frisky!  I love this short term add for power, but you must be able to switch him in and out of your lineup when he’s not playing.

Desmond Jennings – I’m guessing he’s up in the next week to ten days.  If someone wants to Gillooly Fuld and Ruggiano, that time can be bumped up.

Jon Jay – Four score and one month ago, I told you Juan Hay would get value when Holliday went to the DL.  He did a’ight, but didn’t really shamwow my fantasy teams.  Well, he’s getting another opportunity with Pujols carrying the burden of one million fantasy teams ruined.

Jordan Schafer – The Braves announced that even with the return of McLousy, Schafer will be the starter.  Now when Prado returns something’s gotta give, old lady movie.  Until then, I’d grab Schafer for some speed.

Brandon Beachy – I’ve talked about him so much that he should be on everyone’s team that reads this site.  There’s really no excuse.  And that’s me just being real with you.

Cory Luebke – If he were on any other team, I’d tell you to hold, but in Petco very little can go wrong (damn, if that’s not a jinx I don’t know what is).

Carlos Carrasco – His name sounds like an upscale Mexican restaurant and he’s throwing some good stuff at the plate.  It’s a mashup of puns!  I’m like Girl Talk of fantasy baseball bloggers.  (If you don’t know Girl Talk, shame on you.  Download All Day.  Here’s your preemptive you’re welcome.)

Doug Fister – Fister?  But he hardly knew her!  Sorry, so hard to resist that.  He’s at a 3.34 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season.  Yeah, that’s better than that other schmohawk you own.  And him too.


Rick Porcello – Of course you should drop him.  I’m only listing him to make a point.  We get some comments in the Buy/Sell that there are so many more Buy’s than Sell’s.  Well, yeah, dur.  I’m not going to list 35 names of players to drop.  Plus, people have players that are injured and need short term replacements so that’s what the Buy does.  Gives you some names for fill-in’s.  Now back to the Sell…

Ryan Vogelsong – He’s up to about 97% owned which means there’s been some Johnny-come-lately’s who have gone to the waiver wire in your league to find Vogelsong gone.  After that, they’re like, “Damn, you so-and-so always get the hot waiver wire adds.”  At that point, you sell Vogelsong to them.

Michael Morse – Sorry, you knew it was coming though, right?  I mean, he hit .400+ in May and around .330 so far in June.  If he hit .270 the rest of the way, it wouldn’t completely surprise me.  He has 13 home runs now, he might hit ten the rest of the way.  That would give him around 25 homers and .280 for the whole season.  That’s great, wonderful, superlative.  Now I’m not trading him for a Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% off coupon, but I would explore options.

  1. Long Bawls says:

    I’m thinking of rolling the dice and starting all 4 of:
    Stauffer vs. ATL
    Zimm @ CWS
    Morrow @ STL
    Dempster @ KC tonight

  2. jerkstore says:

    Grey, what kind of SP is reasonable to expect in exchange for my Cueto and Morse?

  3. Rob says:

    I get:

    I give:

    Current catcher is Iannetta, my rotation is solid with Cain, Latos, D. Hudson, G. Gonzalez, Bedard and Beachy, and I need the holds to boot. I do this trade, right?

  4. Rob says:

    *I have Ian Kennedy as well

  5. mets fan says:

    Grey what type of hitter would you look to deal morse for?

  6. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, have a great weekend? Ackley or J. Weeks as a Middle Infidel in a 12-teamer?

  7. Connor says:

    Jemile weeks or Aaron hill for the rest of the season? Thanks.

  8. hi Grey — Do you still like Fuentes over, say, Motte and Izzy as a source of potential saves going forward? Thanks!

  9. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you deal Freese for Weeks? Also OF pickup, Bernadina, Blackmon or Revere? Thanks!

  10. Ralph says:


    I have Dee Gordon, Mike Mousakas and Vernon Wells on my team.

    Some free agents are Ryan Theriot, Roger Bernadina, David Freese, John Jay and Jordan Schaefer.

    Would you drop any of the three on my team for any of the free agents? Positions don’t matter.

  11. CT Old School says:

    34,181 Facebook people “Like” ESPN Fantasy Sports. (Parenthetical Voice is not one of them!)

  12. trick dad says:

    hey grey, short (or long) term replacement for jeter, please pick one SS. thanks!

    Yunel Escobar
    Erick Aybar
    Maicer Izturis
    Alexi Casilla
    Dee Gordon

  13. Howard says:

    @Grey I’m gonna go for it and pick up Carter. If he can give me half a Ryan Howard it’s better than life without youknowho!

  14. Hardcore Midget says:

    Drop Dillon Gee for Fister?

  15. farcus says:

    would you still look to move morse if you had him in a 14tm keeper league where you could get him in the 21st round next year?

  16. michael bourne says:

    Excellent buy sell article. Even better than usual if possible. Now I just have to figure out how to sell Cueto.

  17. trick dad says:

    alexi casilla or alcides escobar? thanks again!

  18. black love says:

    Can you rank these pitchers?

  19. Random Collmenter says:

    Which side?

    Quentin/Ogando or Uggla/Sabathia?


  20. Kevin says:

    Would you drop any of Colby Rasmus, Jose Tabata, or Rajai Davis for Roger Bernadina? Thanks.

  21. Jonathan says:

    Traded Morse a few days ago to a Pujols owner for Bourn. Like?

  22. STRAWberry says:

    @Random Collmenter: Call me crazy, but I like the Uggla / Sabathia side, I think there is more upside and CC usually turns it up to 11 in the 2nd half.

    Grey, I always feel proud of myself when shopping around a player and successfully dealing him prior to your “sell” article highlights said baseballer.

    FYI, Tristian Cockcroft at ESPN said earlier this week his conservative projection for Morse is 19 HRs and 57 RBIs

  23. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Who do you like better as a short-term add – Baker or Lilly? Also, speaking of sell, just unloaded Ogando for L. Morrison in one league where I’m pitching-heavy. Did I get enough or should I have held?


  24. STRAWberry says:

    That’s 19 HR’s and 57 RBI’s the rest of the way, mind you.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jonathan: Sure, if you need steals.

    @STRAWberry: 19 seems low.

    @Big Magoo: Baker…Probably would’ve held for more, but it’s fair.

  26. STRAWberry says:

    Daniel “Tosh” Hudson or Dan Haren the rest of the way?

    Thank you, as always, for the advice.

    Does anyone know if Pence, The Hunchback of Houston, is going to play this weekend?

    You may use this nickname if you like, Grey.

  27. Randy BoBandy says:

    Hey Grey,

    What are your thoughts on Tabata going forward? Will he return to that early season form? Only 2 SB attempts since May 29th? What gives!

  28. John Butte says:

    Grey, should I drop Lilly, Cueto, or Morrow to activate Beachy?

  29. Whiskey Diet says:

    Howzit Grey,

    Can you pick the four of these pitchers to keep?

    A. Miller

    It’s safe to drop T. Wood for good, si?

  30. Waldo says:

    Grey, would you drop Rasmus for Bernadina?

  31. The Humble Champ says:

    Since you mentioned it here, looks like it’s a bad idea to trade for Michael Morse with a package includes Ty Wigginton?

  32. shibboleth says:

    Hey Grey, as someone who is 30+ IP over the limit and already starting Shields and Haren, do I need to start Morrow tonight? Those K’s and FIPy numbers…. ::drool:: Hope you have a great weekend!

  33. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Is Brennan Boesch another guy to sell or would you just hold him as long as he stays hot?

    And what are the chances Ubaldo gets a quality start today at the Yankees? Would you start him with a sizeable lead in ERA and WHIP, but K’s, QS, and W’s are all close?

  34. Mike from Jersey says:

    Grey I know you think Chacin is set to regress about a run on his era, but let me tell you why I don’t think he will.
    He has, including this month, been used only as a starter for 7 month in his mlb career. His WORST era in any of those months is 3.72.
    At any stop, single A double AA triple AAA majors, in any timeframe that he went at least 7 starts, his worst seasonal era was last years 3.28 in the majors, that was mainly effected by his bad work in relief.
    IMO Jhoulys WILL be a 2.75 type era pitcher, but for this year he’s probably a low 3’s guy. He has a monster ground ball rate and super small line drive rate, so all though I expect some regression, batters just aren’t hitting the ball well off him, and he also has a good k-rate. I think he’s about 3.30 era pitcher from here on out, maybe a tad worse maybe a tad better.

  35. Joe says:

    Drop Tabata in a 10 team keeper for Jennings in a few days? I’m mainly looking for SBs.

  36. SGV barfly says:

    FISTER! That comment made my weekend and its only Friday afternoon. @ grey. whats your take on Casilla vs.Keppinger?

  37. DHill Dragons says:

    @STRAWberry: Pence is in the lineup for Friday night’s game. A couple of sites I visit every day are and On rotoinfo go to the “MLB Lineups” section, they post lineups as soon as they are available to the public.

  38. LACA says:


    I give up Andrew Mccutchen.
    He gives up Hunter Pence and Matt Joyce.

    Right now outfield is Mccutchen, Justin Upton and Melky Cabrera.

    Go for it?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @STRAWberry: Hudson…Hopefully…

    @Randy BoBandy: He can run at any point, not sure why he hasn’t.

    @John Butte: Lilly

    @Whiskey Diet: No on Rubby and Miller…Could’ve dropped Wood a month ago.

    @Waldo: Probably not.

    @The Humble Champ: I’d take Morse for Wiggy.

    @shibboleth: Nope

    @The Sequential Hermaphrodite: Depends what you’re getting… I’d try to avoid Ubaldo vs. the Yanks.

    @Mike from Jersey: Hope you’re right cause I can’t sell him.

    @Joe: I wouldn’t.

  40. Brew Crew says:

    1) Would you add Fister or Lilly??
    2) Which side…Uggla/Longoria or Utley/Sandoval

    12Team ROTO (AVG, HR, RBI, SB, R)

  41. Bob says:

    @ Grey: 2 trade proposals thrown my way: Bruce/Gee for Kennedy/CC (my team) and Cano/Ogando for D Hudson/CC (my team)…you like either one at all? Thanks!

  42. Lob Ball says:

    Pick up Nishioka and drop Hill?

  43. Mr. Rickey says:

    I have Cueto and Morse – if I were to package them to upgrade at 1B for the remainder of the season, who are some 1Bs that I could legitimately expect in return?

  44. Steve says:

    Someone else may have mentioned this, but Oswalt is on the DL.
    At least he is on my RCL team anyway.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Dan you afford to lose that much pitching for Cano?

    @Lob Ball: Yup

    @Mr. Rickey: Youk, Berkman, Konerko, Lind…

    @Steve: Thanks for the heads up!

  46. Bob says:

    @ Grey: my pitching staff is currently D Hudson, Zimmermann, Kennedy, Gallardo, Bumgarner, Leake, CC, Kuroda with Kimbrel, Walden & Hanrahan as closers…

  47. Wilsonian says:

    Rocking Gaby at 1st, Olivo at catcher, and Nap on the DL. When Nap comes back, would you keep him and Olivo if you could? It would give me a little leverage on short schedule days and random off days with Nap’s eligibility at 1st and catcher.

  48. DHill Dragons says:

    I’m guessing you’d be for trading Cueto for Gallardo?

    Other than Yovani, any other pitchers I should target for a possible 1-1 swap?

  49. I’ve got D Espinosa, J Weeks and I Kinsler – and 3 pure secondbasemen is one too many. Who should I drop?

  50. Bob says:

    @Grey: Just a 10 team H2H league…I’m not a big fan of many FA pitchers

  51. crews says:

    Can’t leave this one alone…
    I updated my “Trading Block” page this morning…I mentioned I was looking for catchers, third basemen and outfielders; I threw most off my pitchers out there as bait.
    I got this encouraging nibble: I receive Alex Avila for Jered Weaver.
    I ran to my mirror to see just how f#[email protected] stupid I LOOK…

  52. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Is Chacin and Phillips too much for Cano or just about right?

  53. mapwheel says:

    Grey (or anyone) – With K-Rod almost certainly being dealt by the deadline, who is looking like potential closer to pick up for the Mets?

  54. Fletch says:

    other option is Scherzer and Phillips…

  55. crews says:

    Great calls on Beachy (add to the list that he has two starts next week) and Carlos Carrasco (whom I’d buy if I could ’cause any time I play someone who has him lately, I get jacked up), Grey.
    However, if baseball was common sense, Ryan Vogelsong would have not even been worth a mention weeks ago. Grilled Cheezus, he’s practically as good as most no. 3’s now. He’s very interesting trade bait.

  56. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: it’s in a 16 team league. So I’m guessing you wouldn’t just flat out drop Olivo?

  57. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @mapwheel: they say izzy but he isnt that great

  58. Steve says:

    Morneau to have neck surgery, will miss another six weeks.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: HA!!! I hate you, Morneau.

  60. cashmoney says:

    morse for dan hudson a fair deal?

  61. Steve says:

    @Grey: We had such high hopes. Glad I traded Hanley for Howard in the league where I owned Morneau – I can save the emotional distress for some other schmohawk.

  62. Mookie wilson says:

    Who is odd man out of Beachy, Lilly, Floyd, Ogando?

  63. airweino says:

    Dynasty league trade options:

    Andrew Cashner for Lorenzo Cain


    Cashner or Manny Banuelos for Jason Vargas

    Cashner protected for 4 years, Banuelos and Cain signed for 5 years, Vargas signed thru next year. I am worried a bit about Cashner’s injury but as a Cubs fan hate to part with him.

    I lean towards Cashner for Cain…thoughts?

  64. Dave says:

    rest of the year

    Chacin or Hudson

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:

    glad already i sat ubaldo

  66. Roto, Regular 5 cats + K and OPS, pick one for UTIL and one flyer for bench

    Hosmer, Jennings, Weeks (<– I already own his brother, so I'm worried that adding Jemile could cause my prosthetic head to explode )

    You watch the premiere of Rivals yet?

  67. BlinkULDHC says:

    The .270 batting average the rest of the way doesn’t seem far-fetched, so a .280 composite BA seams reasonable (he had a .311 BABIP in Sept/Oct ’11 giving him a .270 BA).

    Yeah, I may overvalue Morse and all…

    but do you really think he’ll only hit 10 HRs the rest of the way? T

    We’re looking at a pace of 1 HR the rest of June and only 3 HRs a month July-August-Sept — that seems kind of low for Morse given his recent track record. Ever since the end of last May, Morse has just one month in which he has hit fewer than 3 HRs, and that was his notoriously slow April ’11:

    June: (9 games started) 3 HRs
    July: (9 GS) 3 HRs
    August: (24 GS) 4 HRs
    Sept/Oct: (26 GS) 5 HRs

    April: (21 GS) 1 HR
    May: (14 GS) 6 HRs
    June: (21 GS) 6 HRs

    He’s been averaging roughly 5 HRs per month when given a full-time amount of starts.

    Assuming (and of course, differing assumptions are the signifiant variables) that Morse hits 1 more HR in June and hits his 5 HRs/month the rest of the way — that’s 28-30 HRs by year’s end. You give him 4-5 more RBI in June and 14-16 RBI/month the rest of the way, we’re looking at .280 29 HRs 95 RBI …. with an outside shot at .290-30-100 (and at worst, .275-23-80).

    Most importantly — whom do we aim to acquire in exchange for Morse? He doesn’t have much marquee value or an extended track record, so I’m not sure other owners would really spend much to get Morse. IMHO, Morse seems like the exact type of player you want to hang on to: he’s on the upswing of his career, he’ll provide far more value than whatever you initially spent on him, and he provides value in the increasingly scarce/thin categories (HR and RBI). If he finishes at .285-25-90, then if you sold him, you had better get a guy who finishes at .290, 26-28 HRs and close to 100 RBI…. or else you lost that trade.

  68. DJSatane says:

    There is no reason to buy Viciedo, unless u have magic ball that tells you pierre or another outfielder on whitesox is gonna get hurt and out for long time. Team ownership wont call up viciedo unless he can play on regular basis and ozzie loves his pierres so there is no room anytime soon.

  69. BlinkULDHC says:

    Dang, sorry y’all for the long post… should move it into the forums.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Hosmer, Jennings… I haven’t watched yet. Saving it for the weekend.

    @BlinkULDHC: I think people could move Morse for a SP like Daniel Hudson. Depends what people need.

    @DJSatane: Pierre’s already getting benched for Lillibridge.

  71. Exactly says:

    Okay, so first it was my hitters getting injured (Lind, Holliday, Wright), now it’s my pitchers (Marcum, Oswalt)…I got 2 questions:

    1. Please pick 4 out of these ‘aces’: narveson, holland, carrasco, fister, arroyo, luebke, marquis.

    2. I have 3 DL slots currently occupied by Lidge, Wright, and Freese…I need to move one to make room for Oswalt…my current 3B is wigginton, is it worth waiting on freese or holding on to lidge for the 2nd half (i also have madson)…thanks.

    p.s. I was this close to moving oswalt/pena for greinke last week..that would’ve been nice.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Exactly: Arroyo, Carrasco, Fister, Luebke…Lose Lidge.

  73. @Grey: That works out perfectly, since they’re the two I already own. I’ll steer clear of spoilers and Total Recall references, since it seems you’re not a fan. Thanks!

  74. AL KOHOLIC says:

    volquez has shook hernandez off 50 times tonight,i wish dusty would go slap the shit out of him and tell him to throw what is called

  75. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: If you had to drop Rajai Davis or Nyjer Morgan who would you drop?

  76. Grey — Who do you like more between Fister and Luebke as a fifth starter in a 20-team roto league?

  77. DJSatane says:

    @Grey: I havent noticed Pierre being benched yet. Last 4 games he started them all and today he is starting. Ozzie also said he wants pierre starting and commited to him as leadoff battler in recent article interview. I really badly want viciedo recalled but I just don’t see how will that happen with pierre healthy and ozzie as manager.

  78. Wilsonian says:

    Even though he isn’t winning, I’m digging Morrow’s start tonight with 6 Ks through 3.2.

  79. Tom Emanski says:

    Yaaaay, Rasmus doesn’t suck tonight.

  80. Brew Crew says:

    Is Francisco the closer again in TOR?? Rauch is on WW also, Worth an add or hold??

  81. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey-ah,ubaldo rebounds from a rocky start to back up your recomendation

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Brew Crew: frank is closing again,but 2 bad outings would put rauch back in

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Andrus sprains wrist: Texas SS Elvis Andrus left Friday’s game against the Mets with a left wrist sprain following a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. Andrus hit a run-scoring single to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead and then stole second base during the following at-bat. It appeared he suffered the injury on the steal and was replaced at shortstop by Andres Blanco for the top of the fifth inning. Andrus finished 2 for 2 before departing.
    (Updated 06/24/2011)
    Injury Report
    Wrist – Questionable for June 25 vs. N.Y. Mets
    (Updated – 6/24/11)
    Fantasy Analysis
    Andrus is considered day to day with the injury and Texas will likely be cautious with the speedy 22-year-old. His two hits gave him 12 total in the last 10 games as his batting average stands at .278 this season. His stolen base gave him 22 this year and pulled him into a tie with Oakland’s Coco Crisp for second-most in the American League. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status as he makes for a must-start when healthy.
    (Updated 06/24/2011).

  84. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: just saw that on Twitter. That’s shitty. I’ve got him on two teams. Luckily I have JJ backing him up on one, but still…

  85. Wilsonian says:

    @BlinkULDHC: you’ll be happy to know that Morse hit another one tonight…

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: good move with jj

  87. Wilsonian says:

    If Andrus hits the DL, who’s the pickup: The Silent H, JJ, Yunel, Aybar, Alcides? If it makes any difference, I’ve got a pretty balanced lineup with steals and power, even without Andrus.

  88. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I like to have some decent backups. I dropped Hill for JJ the other day, then picked up J. Weeks. Just did a deal for Espinosa too, so I’ve got my positions covered. Don’t have a backup for him in another league, so I have to wait to see if he hits the DL. From what I read, it doesn’t look too good for him.

  89. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    2-38, and Nolasco, after farting all over my team for weeks, is spinning a gem on my bench. Asshole!

  90. kangaroo hops says:

    I’ve got Morse, and I’m holding him.
    I’ve got Chacin, and I’m holding him.
    I’ve got Ogando, and I’m holding him.
    I’ve got Cahill, and I’m holding him.
    I figure 1 or 2 of them will continue to awesomeness this year. I’ll take the mediocrity of the others. Wish me luck!

  91. kangaroo hops says:

    and maybe I’ll rename my team The Backsliders.

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Choo leaves after HBP: Cleveland OF Shin-Soo Choo left Friday’s game after being hit by a pitch from San Francisco SP Jonathan Sanchez in the fourth inning. Choo was plunked on the hand while holding the bat and immediately grimaced in pain before being attended to by trainers. Shelly Duncan pinch ran for Choo and went to left field for the fourth inning as Austin Kearns took over Choo’s spot in right field. He finished 0 for 1 before leaving.
    (Updated 06/24/2011)
    Injury Report
    Hand – Questionable for June 25 at San Francisco
    (Updated – 6/24/11)
    Fantasy Analysis
    Choo’s injury did not look good as his hand kept shaking while it was looked at by trainers. The 28-year-old slugger had started to show signs of emerging from his season-long slump and carried a five-game hitting streak into Friday’s game against the Giants. Choo also notched 11 hits in his last 10 games to boost his batting average to .245. Fantasy owners should check his status often as he could be sidelined for an extended period of time if he broke a bone in his hand. When he’s in the lineup, consider him a solid option in all formats.

  93. Do it? says:

    I give Jay Bruce and Michael Morse

    I get Bautista

    I know ur a Bautista hater but he has notroiously bad junes and is heating up, u called him a bust but he clearly is not, so what do u thnk he will do for the rest of the year? do that deal?

  94. Steve says:

    @Grey: Got room to grab a 3B while Zimm is getting his shizz together. I’d grab Headley but he’s day-to-day with shoulder gyp. Who do you like?


  95. Steve says:

    @Steve: You can add Baker to that list…

  96. Do it? Again -.- says:

    He cancelled it and sent another offer..

    I give Hanram, Fielder, Granderson

    I get Bautista, Votto, Pence

    do it or nah?

  97. Steve says:

    @Grey: Oh yeah – and Arroyo or Moseley tomorrow?

  98. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Stauffer, Lilly, Danks, Gee and Carrasco are on waivers…who are your top 3 out of those guys?

  99. Wilsonian says:

    McGehee, Johnson, Valencia at 3rd? It’s an OBPS league, too.

  100. Eddy says:


    Wondering if Dempster is worth rostering over Nova, Leake, Colon, Pavano.

    I know the Yahoo guys are high on Pavano the rest of the way.

    I don’t need anything in specific. Dempster has been tying me to the WHIPping post lately and it’s annoying the crap out of me.

    12-team league.

  101. Eddy says:


    Also, for tomorrow, whom do you sit?

    Bernadina v. Danks
    Desmond v. Danks
    Tabata v. Wakefield

    I’m back 1 R, 1 RBI and ahead by two SB. OBP league.

  102. elwood blues says:

    Well my gamble on Volquez didn’t pay off.

    Another Marlins manager leaves Nolasco in too long.. and he is in line to get a loss.

    Storen blows a 3-run lead, he’s in line to at least get me a much-needed win, and the Nats blow it in the 10th.

    at least the Padres scored 11 runs– Bartlett and Headley must have had good games.. oh wait.. crap!

  103. DJSatane says:

    Choo heading to DL for at least a month with broken thumb…. so I truly hope Viciedo or Desmond Jennings get called up soon…. For the record, Pierre was the only player on whitesox lineup in 14 inning game without a hit… 0/6. Come on ozzie….

  104. BlinkULDHC says:


    Yes, I am quite happy w/ Morse’s bomb tonight; my lineup had zero HRs going into Friday’s games.

    I hate to say it, but Pujols going to DL has probably given me a lift at 1B, with Morse filling in.

  105. BlinkULDHC says:

    How many MLBers will actually end up with .300-30-100 this season? Bautista, Konerko, Kemp, AGon, Braun, Lind, Ortiz, Cabrera, Fielder are technically the only ones on that pace right now (Morse = .308-30-96 pace; .308-14-45 in 221 ABs right now).

    If Morse hits a pedestrian .267-14-45 in his next/final 300 at-bats (he’s already got 14-45 in 221 ABs), he’ll end up w/ .285-28-90 in 520 at-bats. That’s why I think you hold on to Morse: he’ll give you production close to Konerko/Fielder/Lind/Ortiz, and there’s little chance you’ll get 100 cents on the dollar if you trade him away.

  106. DrEasy says:

    Grey, just wanted to say: shame on me, and thank you. Girl Talk is great indeed.

  107. debar says:

    so with choo probably out a month plus and moustakas adjusting to the bigs, would you drop either of them for any of wiggy, jennings, viciedo or rios? my starting of & 3b are mccutchen, krispie, stubbs, reynolds. 10-team h2h points league.

  108. debar says:

    and add swisher to that list of potential pick-ups

  109. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Morrison is slumping big time. I dont know what to do with this guy. I am benching him infavour of Wigginton. However that new idiot in charge is batting Morrison second and he is not responding at all. Would you drop him for lets say likes of Wells or Rios?


  110. knighttown says:

    I’ve got an odd night coming up in my daily league. All 5 of my SP slots will be filled by pitchers actually starting.

    Kennedy vs. Cle
    Chacin @ Cubs
    C-Bills @ Min
    Latos vs KC
    Beachy @ Sea

    Please rank and I guess, in the end, do I start them all? Pretty decent in IP.

  111. manfromearth says:

    Mornin’ Grey. Who do you like going forward, Helton or Freese
    I’m doing pretty well (8th or better) in all my hitting catagories, so I just want the guy that will give me the best chance of stable playing time and won’t hurt me in any one catagory. Right now, I have Helton in my 1B/3B slot.

  112. manfromearth says:

    Or, should I consider dropping Tabata (I am a Buc lover) and work Freese into my lineup in his place? I’m really disappointed in Tabata. First fifteen games…3 HRs and 8 SBs….since then, 0 HRs and 6 SBs. He seems to be starting to pick it up again, but I haven’t looked at the sabremetrics. I don’t know if the injury (he was out 4 days in early May) had anything to do with the mid season slump. Maybe? I traded Tabata for Sandoval as part of a multi-player deal early in the season, so letting go would be a bit painful. What would you do?

  113. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Scherzer & Phillips for Zobrist & McCann?

  114. Eddy says:

    SAGNOF disciples:

    Madson has hand injury and will be out 4-5 days.

    Bastardo is the grab.

  115. Fletch says:

    or how about Scherzer straight up for McCann?

  116. Eddy says:


    For full disclosure, some are saying Stutes. Here’s what Yahoo wrote:

    Michael Stutes worked the top of the ninth Friday in a tie game (that’s basically where most teams use the de-facto closer) and struck out two of three, so look into him if you need a temporary saves longshot play (Antonio Bastardo is another option). Stutes strikes out better than a batter per inning, but he’s had a problem with walks (14 free passes in 23.3 innings of work).

    Which set-up guy do you take?

  117. Todd says:

    H2H League I’m loaded everywheres.

    I trade Michael Young/Lohse for Lester (I can grab Freese off of waivers).


  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Enrique: Luebke

    @Brew Crew: I’d grab Rauch and bench him if you really need saves.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for the heads up!

    @kangaroo hops: Ha!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Hey, just what Choo needed.

    @Do it?: Sounds fair.

    @Steve: Rolen

    @Do it? Again -.-: Sure

    @Steve: Moseley

    @Fletch: Not Lilly or Danks.

    @Wilsonian: McGehee

    @Eddy: Over Pavano

    @Eddy: Desmond

    @DJSatane: Yikes

    @DrEasy: It is, no problem.

    @debar: Choo for Rios.

    @Chinaski: Rios

    @knighttown: Start them all.

    @manfromearth: Freese

    @manfromearth: I’d hold.

    @Fletch: Phillips

    @Eddy: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Fletch: It’s fair.

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Bastardo

    @Todd: I’d take Lester.

  120. snakes says:

    feed the animals is much better!

  121. Eddy says:


    Thanks! And just to clarify, does that mean Nova, Leake and Colon are guys you’d take over Dempster? Or just not at all?

    If the former, whom do you prefer?

  122. Eddy says:

    Huston Street has groin soreness. Considered day to day.

    Lindstrom the add, correct?

  123. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: but you’d still take Freese over McGehee?

    Is it finally time to lose Uggla? I’ve got him and Espinosa in an 8team league and hot bats like Hardy are available.

  124. Hola grey,

    ROS – Moustakas or LaPorta?

    6×6, 14 team mixed league (non-keeper) with OPS.

    *Position is not in question cause they would both play UTIL.


  125. Black Beard says:

    ROTW: Bay or Jennings?

  126. Eddy says:

    Street is expected to be available tomorrow. No need to add Lindstrom.

  127. Carl says:

    Need a streamer for today in a close H2H matchup. Pretty crappy options, but do any of these guys stand out?
    Niese @ TEX
    Villaneuva @ STL
    Wakefield @ PIT
    Chatwood @ LAD
    Duffy v CHC
    Volstad v SEA

    Last two guys seem to have the best matchup, but also sport the worst numbers on the season. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  128. Flunkie says:

    Hey Grey. An impatient Lawrie owner just dropped him in my keeper.

    Instant drop Figgy for him, right? It’s for a bench spot. I also have Belt rotting away on the bench. But hey, that’s why keepers are so great, right?

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Flunkie: Yeah, that’s fine.

  130. bogbert says:

    Liriano a good start @MIL today?

  131. Joe B says:

    @Grey: I’m attempting to get Braun in a trade in my 10 team H2H league…



    Victorino, Hosmer, and Scott Baker

    Is this an acceptable trade? Who wins here?

  132. Eddy says:


    Grey, what’s your take on Farnsworth? Is he a sell-high candidate or hold?

  133. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Joe B: i wouldnt even consider that offer for braun,but you never [email protected]Eddy: hes a good closer that i dont see loosing his job,if you dont need saves yeah but im not worried about him

  134. Eddy says:


    He’s been shaky his last few outings, so i’m hoping it’s just a hiccup. I had never owned him before this year, and I know many speak the tales of his ugly days. I’m just hoping that doesn’t rear its head this season.

  135. Dominic says:

    are you selling on Mat Latos for the year or is he worth holding on to?

  136. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Eddy: i wouldnt freak out yet,i think he is still the clear cut closer

  137. Rob says:

    Rollins for Ubaldo straight up. I have Castro, so Rollins has been hogging my UT slot. Good deal for me?

  138. Al Swedgin says:

    Hi Grey, I’ve somehow ended up with 4 MIs to fill one MI slot (me 2B and SS slots are fine). We have 6 bench spots, but still…

    If I told you it’s a roto 5*5 weekly league and I need Runs and HRs, would you tell me who to start this week, and also name one or two that I can/should jettison?

    Ian Desmond 3 @ LAA, 4 v PIT (7 games, though there’s a double header in there)
    Ryan Roberts 3 v CLE, 3 @ OAK (6 games)
    Jemile Weeks 3 v FLA, 3 V ARI (6 games)
    Yunel Escobar 1 @ DET, 3 v PIT, 3 v PHI (7 games)

    Thanks, homes!

  139. Eddy says:

    Didn’t see that Chase d’Arnaud (not to be confused with Travis d’Arnaud, the C for Blue Jays) got called up for the Pirates. He’s batting 2nd today.

    Is Chone Figgins (when he’s good) a good comparison?

  140. Wilsonian says:

    Filthy Sanchez loses his starting job by default…placed on the Disgraceful List with biceps tendonitis.

    @Grey: thanks man. I think it’s finally time to cut bait on Uggs…

  141. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Rios or Swisher?


  142. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you start Arroyo @ Baltimore tonight?

  143. Steve says:

    Sat Niese at Texas. Naturally he gets early run support.

  144. flylo says:

    Ooh a Girl Talk drop, nice. Anyways who do you feel will have better value for the rest of the season: Grady Sizemore or Kelly Johnson? Or rather, who would you look to drop first? Thanks!

  145. Joel says:

    Grey: In my 6×6 h2h league, I traded Hamilton for Choo and Zobrist yesterday afternoon. Thumbs down for me as of last night!

    Anyway, I’ve been offered Beltran for my Anibal. My other SPs are: Hamels, haren, Ubaldo, carp, marcum, Neise and Homer. Should I do this? Do you think I can do better if I move Anibal, or is Beltran the best I can realistically hope for? Thanks!

  146. royce! says:

    Hey Grey- with Choo to the DL, whom should I drop: Brett Anderson or Johan Santana?

  147. Eddy says:


    I’ve been offered Votto and a 4th


    Miggy and a 2nd.

    It’s a 12-team H2H OBP league, and Miggy cannot be kept next year, but Votto can be kept in the first.

    My round picks in each corresponding round would then be:


    RIght now I have two second-round picks.

    While Miggy, Howard, Pujols, and AGon will be available to draft in the first few rounds, Fielder and Teix won’t, and I may not pick until the tail-end of the 1st round, meaning I could miss out on the big guys. I picked up my “draft 1B/3B in the first two rounds” strategy from you, so I want to continue it.

    Should I make the trade and ensure that I’d keep a 1B in the first (Votto) in the first, or should I take a chance with three picks in the first two rounds to try and get the 1B/3B combo?

  148. stynyr says:

    I get: Hamels

    I give: Hamilton


    I get: Cain

    I give: Rollins

  149. donnie baseball says:

    Walden for D. Jennings?

  150. AL KOHOLIC says:

    joey v coming alive

  151. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,alcedes or bartlett

  152. AL KOHOLIC says:

    or alcedes or mousakas

  153. Wilsonian says:

    Seriously? Today is the day I finally dropped Uggla? Seriously? Glad I got one last hurrah at least…

  154. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thank you boss hope your enjoying your weekend

  155. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: Hardy better keep it up, that’s all I gotta say.

  156. Terrence Mann says:

    Niese or Luebke?

  157. ruah says:

    please rank – Torres, Venable, Maybin

  158. Fletch says:

    @Grey: V-Mart or C. Santana?

  159. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Wigginton or Kelly Johnson?

  160. Terrence Mann says:

    There are 50 people that have downloaded the Mike Napoli application from droid. I wonder how many of them visit razzball.

    Also, Napoli is bleaching his hair due to losing an NBA finals bet with teammates.

  161. Terrence Mann says:

    Grabbed Napoli on waivers. Also have VMart and Ramos (2 catcher league). Ramos for Oswalt a good idea?

  162. Oz.J. says:

    Anyone got an opinion on trying to trade Ryan Zimmerman (mine) for Pujols, in hope he comes back with a surge or is that getting pretty desperate?

    I’d still have Reynolds and Alex Gordon to cover 3B

  163. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: What’s the app do? In H2H and if you can DL Oswalt, sure.

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Oz.J.: It’s a bit too much.

  165. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey: Meh. No dl, Roto, and only 5 bench spots. Already have Crawford and Jennings riding pine. Don’t like any pitchers except Niese and Luebke.

    Napoli app gives important news regarding hair color and gambling habits but doesn’t cover injury progress.

  166. zzzzzz says:

    Trade Lawrie for Cueto? I don’t know if I’d keep Lawrie or not but I have him for $1 for next year no inflation in 10-team auction league w/ 7 keepers.

  167. chata says:

    tabata …. cart-off bunt single

  168. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Tabata being carted off the field (Frown emoticon). Still though black n yellow black n yellow

  169. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Grey, went to the Pirate game last night. It was so fun haggling the Red Sox’s fans. Got a chant of “it’s all over” when the hammer came in to close it out. Funny thing about the whole game was the red sox’s fans are acting like this series is the world series!

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tggq21: Think they act like that for every game.

  171. Oz.J. says:

    One more, Alex Gordon or Rasmus, who will have better number ROS or pretty much a wash?


  172. Howard says:

    @Grey Will we see a mad bum tonight or a bum that could garner a win vs Cle?

  173. Howard says:

    You’d think the A’s would have nothing to lose by playing Chris Carter instead of calling him up to warm the pine! I NEED my rookie nookie!!!

  174. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Oz.J.: A wash…Gordon

    @Howard: I’d start him.

    @Howard: Yeah, makes no sense.

  175. Steve says:

    Aw, Kershaw. Vernon Wells. Really?

  176. Fletch says:

    After this week, my Kershaw man-crush has been taken to the next level.

    A 70 pt week for Kershaw, which I needed to absorb the negative 20 from Bumgarner…that could be negative 30 or more following the game tonight.

  177. Steve says:

    @Steve: Never mind!

  178. Flunkie says:

    Welp, Lawrie went to a guy above me in waivers, so I had to “settle” for dropping Figgy (for good, and good riddance) for Dayan Viciedo. Excitedo es mio.

  179. john says:

    @Grey: Not sure if you saw my response in the forum or not but I just want to get your opinion…

    I was going to trade Espinosa for Hanson like you said but the guy no longer wants Espinosa. Would you trade Kinsler for Hanson if Espinosa would be your starting 2B for the rest of the season in a H2H league?

  180. Steve says:

    @Grey: RCL Original Recipe standings update coming later today (emoticon).

  181. john says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the hella quick response! And apologies for my use of ‘hella’

  182. royce! says:

    @Steve: (emoticon) [sad trombone].

  183. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Broxton’s elbow was stiff and his rehab appearance set for Sunday was postponed,’s Ken Gurnick reports.

  184. Wheelhouse says:

    Which side: konerko and d. hudson OR pujols and felix h.?

  185. Eddy says:

    Damn Halladay had to go out and throw a CG and us SAGNOF’ers couldn’t see if Bastardo or Stutes would have been the guy.

  186. john says:

    @Grey: Last question about this trade Grey…

    He just told me he’d also do my Beltran and Kinsler for his Adam Jones and Hanson. At this point it’s a no brainer, right?

  187. Steve says:

    Gotta say, quite enjoying the flexibility offered by Kendrick’s OF eligibility. Bench a slumping LoMo, shift Howie to the OF, slide Getz to MI.

    Very handy.

  188. stynyr says:

    Thanks, Grey.

  189. Trevor

    tggq21 says:


    Arencibia or Jorge Posada in H2H 5×5??

  190. chata says:

    headline ….. flip-your-wig a ton

  191. herschel says:

    @Grey and razzballers: tabata worth hanging on to in redraft leagues? havent heard anything about how long he will be out.

  192. herschel says:

    @Grey: this year only, roto league, loney vs rizzo?

  193. john says:

    @Grey: Thanks again!

  194. herschel says:

    @Grey: any chance presley gets regular abs in pitt?

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